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Dicky Beach

Friday - 31 July 2015

A beautiful day on the Sunshine Coast today - 12 to 26 degrees.

This morning we headed for Sat-Plus to look at the latest in roof-top satellite TV dishes. We wanted to look at the new Sat-King flat panel roof-top dish, but it has a major failing in that it will not work in NW Australia. Given that our future trips may include trips to Northern and NW Australia we passed on the Sat-King roof-top dish as a possibility.

We had a look at the Sphere automatic dish at $2,795, and the Max-View manual wind-up dish at $1,395. We discussed our problems with John, the Sat-Plus representative, about setting up our Mini-Max dish and were given some very good advice about how to set up our dish, which we had purchased from Sat-Plus in Melbourne some years ago. John gave us some side brackets (gratis) to position the LNB at exactly 760 mm from the top of the dish. If this works we may not need the manual wind-up dish - but good service might eventually be rewarded if we decide on the manual roof-top dish.

Second port of call was the Sun-coast Caravan Service for a replacement gas detector, as our old one had been malfunctioning for a few days now. We had disconnected the old one and had taken to turning the gas Off each night.

Back at camp David went for a walk on Dicky Beach where the local authorities had spent the last few days removing the remnants of the SS Dicky wreck, because of public safety concerns. All of the ribs, the stem and the stern were removed, and the keel was left to be covered up by more than a metre of sand.

As it was our last night at Dicky Beach we went to our club, the Dicky Beach Surf Club, for dinner. We both had fillet steaks with prawn toppers, and the meals were excellent. When we checked in at the caravan park we were given a voucher for a free bottle of Rothbury wine with two full-priced meals at the club, and that was good as well. It was just as well that we had booked a table as the place was packed.

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Moffatt Head from Dicky Beach.

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Maroochydore from Dicky Beach.

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Excavators on the beach digging up the remains of the SS Dicky.

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An empty hole where the SS Dicky used to be.

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The last fragments of the SS Dicky being catalogued.

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The last of SS Dicky about to be buried under a metre of sand.

Posted by TwoAces 02:55

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